Saturday, February 3, 2018

Devon Allen wins Millrose 60 hurdles in new personal best...

NEW YORK—Former Renton resident Devon Allen (left/photo by Paul Merca) won the 60 meter hurdles at the NYRR Millrose Games Saturday to highlight Washington athletes competing at the famed Armory Track & Field Center.

In a duel with 2012 Olympic champion Aries Merritt and former US indoor national champ Aleec Harris, both of whom competed at the Dempsey Indoor in Seattle in the last month, Allen got a strong start and held on for the victory. 

Pullman’s Katie Nageotte finished second in the women’s pole vault with a clearance of 15-5.5 (4.71m) as Stanford alum and reigning world and Olympic champion Katerina Stefanidi of Greece won, also clearing 15-5.5. 

While both Nageotte and Stefanidi both cleared 15-5.5 on their second attempt, Stefanidi got the win based on her second attempt clearance at 15-1.5 (4.61m), a height that Nageotte needed three tries to get.

Drew Windle of the Brooks Beasts, Nageotte’s college teammate at Ashland, finished 3rd in the men’s 800, running 1:45.53 charging from seventh in the final lap

Katie Mackey of the Brooks Beasts finished fifth and set an indoor personal best of 8:43.15 in the women’s 3000, while fellow Washington alum Mel Lawrence ran 8:50.96 in eighth place to also set a personal best.

Rainier Beach HS grad Michael Berry finished fifth in the men’s 400m, running 47.83.

Two weeks after winning the USATF women's 50k race walk championship, Katie Burnett finished fifth in the mile race walk in a time of 7:06.15.  The mile walk was designated as a USA Track & Field national championship race.

Garrett Heath of the Brooks Beasts finished seventh in the mens’ 3000, running 7:47.36.

Camas’ Alexa Efraimson finished seventh in the women’s Wanamaker mile, running 4:32.73.

In Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Henry Wynne of the Brooks Beasts, finished third in the Camel City Elite mile run at the JDL Fast Track, running 3:58.80.

Washington alum Izaic Yorks was second in the men’s 3000 running 7:53.54, finishing behind Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo.

In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Brannon Kidder of the Brooks Beasts won the men’s 800 at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Kidder ran 1:47.99, comfortably ahead of Brandon Lasater of the Atlanta Track Club, who ran 1:49.07.

Baylee Mires and Savannah Colón of the Beasts went 1-3 in the women’s 800, with Mires taking the win in 2:06.97, and Colón running 2:07.97, just ahead of former Beast Megan Malasarte’s 2:08.53.

In Tallahassee, Florida, Washington freshman Tibu Proctor finished second at the USATF national cross country championships in the men's under-20 8k race .

Proctor was in a group of five early, before taking command at approximately the 5k mark., but could not shake off the rest of the group.

In the final 3 kilometers of the 8k race, Stanford’s Connor Lane took control, and cruised to a 8-second victory, winning in 25:05, with Proctor second in 25:13.

Proctor’s second place finish gives him a spot on the US national team that will compete in the NACAC Cross Country championships on February 17th in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Tacoma native Joe Gray and Washington alum Aaron Nelson finished 11th and 13th in the men’s open 10k race.

Gray ran 29:54, while Nelson was eight seconds back.

Gary and/or Nelson could potentially find themselves on the USA squad for the NACAC championship race depending on which athletes who finished in front decline their team spots.

Nelson announced on his Instagram account that he will take the trip to El Salvador and run in the NACAC championship race.

Olympian Leonard Korir won the national cross country title, running 29:17, one second ahead of two-time Olympic medalist Galen Rupp.

NOTE:  The New York Road Runners, JDL Fast Track, the University of New Mexico, and USA Track & Field contributed to this report.

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